ATLANTIC Canada’s maritime provinces, bordered by Maine in New England in the east and Quebec in the north, have long symbolised the country’s rugged image and sometimes less-appealing, harsh northeastern landscapes.

Yet the perceptions of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are changing with the demand for more adventure and interest in Canada’s nature and history. The region has strong heritage links with the UK and Ireland and is considered less of a long-haul destination than other parts of North America, with a flight time of around 4hrs 30mins into St John’s, Newfoundland.

The other gateway of Halifax in Nova Scotia can take 5hrs to reach. Services from the UK are operated by Air Canada, Icelandair via Reykjavik and charter carrier Canada 3000.